Best Books by Female Authors

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4.44 avg rating — 4,602,199 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 1,285,515 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 964,283 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 4,787,109 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 431,720 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 858,627 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 238,978 ratings
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4.61 avg rating — 1,790,801 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 1,972,188 ratings
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4.52 avg rating — 1,808,403 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 553,645 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 133,107 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 763,168 ratings
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18

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3.78 avg rating — 150,695 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,327,102 ratings
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4.52 avg rating — 1,905,129 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 514,843 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 1,792,563 ratings
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23

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3.93 avg rating — 103,955 ratings
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24

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4.05 avg rating — 68,370 ratings
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25

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3.76 avg rating — 92,607 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 1,552,108 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 390,984 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 1,841,742 ratings
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29

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4.35 avg rating — 73,165 ratings
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30

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3.98 avg rating — 482,991 ratings
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31

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3.93 avg rating — 112,462 ratings
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32

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4.16 avg rating — 394,074 ratings
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4.53 avg rating — 1,732,195 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 29,834 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 1,280,405 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 149,535 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 319,794 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 63,486 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 877,362 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 918,411 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 1,951,475 ratings
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42

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4.04 avg rating — 627,584 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 193,064 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 63,861 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 162,785 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 127,239 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 73,032 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 87,548 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 62,423 ratings
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51

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3.88 avg rating — 58,697 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 672,905 ratings
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53

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3.91 avg rating — 175,942 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 50,474 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 11,003 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 116,381 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 443,017 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 14,682 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 868,969 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 303,478 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 1,832,923 ratings
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62

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3.83 avg rating — 216,568 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 37,889 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 68,715 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 106,142 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 23,115 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 18,060 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 46,755 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 98,905 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 78,528 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 14,890 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 20,428 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 203,894 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 477,987 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 108,515 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 536,908 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 31,715 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 617,343 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 19,493 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 43,584 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 32,412 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 53,452 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 23,831 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 19,277 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 38,924 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 22,469 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 24,022 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 443,227 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 119,304 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 58,431 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 10,452 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 190,630 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 136,600 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 101,084 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 89,198 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 136,710 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 50,516 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 74,069 ratings
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1,068 books · 348 voters · list created December 3rd, 2011 by Taylor (votes) .
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Taylor 941 books
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Alexa 1320 books
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Katie 1022 books
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Janel 86 books
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Suzyberry 1944 books
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Erika 793 books
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Cheryl 444 books
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Scout 301 books
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Comments (showing 1-9 of 9) (9 new)

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message 1: by Alexa (new)

Alexa Does anybody know how to combine the two editions of Beloved into one?


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Where's Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'? I think it was the best book I read last year.


message 3: by Andréa (new)

Andréa There seem to be quite a few books on this list that violate the list's requirement that "books added must have at least 5000 ratings on GR." Some of the books on here have ratings in only the double or even single digits.


message 4: by Andréa (new)

Andréa Stu wrote: "Where's Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'? I think it was the best book I read last year."

No one had added/voted for it yet. I've added it now.


message 5: by pegah (new)

pegah Just 401 books?!!


message 6: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Ah yes, GR makes it difficult to keep on top of deleting the under 5000 ratings; when I go to the "delete specific books" option it no longer shows how many ratings each book has, so I have to physically write out a list and then find those books individually then delete them. Too time consuming! I will, however, keep up on removing books that are obviously being up voted to promote unknown/indie authors.


message 7: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Also, there are some books with less than 5000 ratings that are by amazing female authors! Notably bell hooks... she really should be a lot more popular.


message 8: by Beverlee (new)

Beverlee Loved this list - great job compiling and putting it out there for voting but also for finding great recommendations!


message 9: by Nente (new)

Nente Checking for duplicates removed 9 books.
The restriction of 5000 ratings seems to have been removed by the list's creator. I'm glad: that made it really difficult for a non-English-language book to make it onto this list at all.


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